Fri September 21, 2012
Jobless Rate Flickers on Delmarva
On the unemployment front the state of Delaware saw it rate bump up to 6.9 percent last month that’s up a tenth of a point from July.
George Sharpley with the Delaware Department of Labor says generally there is a slowdown during the summertime.
But expects the economy to pick up in the final quarter of the year.
Wilmington saw its jobless rate tack upward by two tenths of point to 10.8 percent while Dover experience a drop from 9.1 percent down to 8.6 percent.
In Maryland employers added 14-hundred jobs in August.
But that was not enough to keep the jobless rate from ticking up a tenth of point…to 7.1 percent.
And there were troubling signs.
The pool of those who are employed or looking for work shrank…as many who were discouraged left the labor force.
In addition most major industries also contacted contributing to the 25-hundred private sector job losses.
If there was a bright spot it was the gain of 67-hundred local government jobs that kept the state from seeing an overall loss.
RICHMOND -- (AP) In Virginia the jobless rate remained steady in August after increasing the previous two months.
The Virginia Employment Commission says Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in August.
That's 0.5 percentage points lower than a year ago.
The state’s jobless rate has been dropping since January 2010, when joblessness peaked at 7.3 percent.
It had fallen to a three-year low earlier this year and increased during June and July in a pattern similar to last year.